COVE POINT BEACH ASSOCIATION UPDATE – MAY 24, 2021

Spring Association Meeting – We held our virtual meeting this past Saturday, May 22; highlights are summarized below. 

Beach Cleanup – Thanks to board member Allison Haines and a group of volunteers for cleaning the beach and walkways.  Everything looks great!

New Beach Signage – New beach rules signs have been installed at all beach entrances.  And again this year, we are using the “no public beach access” blue yard signs in an effort to keep out trespassers.

Summertime Security – Our daytime weekend security patrols start on Memorial Day weekend and run through Labor Day weekend.  One of the purposes of having off-duty Calvert County sheriff’s deputies patrol the community beach is to assist in dealing with trespassers.  As a related reminder, there is no guest parking permitted at the beach entrances including at the gate to the north beach.

Speeding – New “slow down – 15 mph” signs have been installed on Calvert Blvd.  Please drive slowly on all of our roads as we have more families and children in the area this time of year.  We had several close calls last year, so keep your speed down…it also keeps the dust down.

No Swimming at the Point – Please remind your family and guests that swimming is prohibited at the Point due to the deadly rip current…this is a Calvert County regulation.  At least 5 drownings have occurred over the years and several near drownings.

Road Work – In addition to the annual pothole and apron repair work, we will be focusing on roads north of Lighthouse Blvd.  We expect work to begin in the next 30 – 45 days, depending on weather. 

New Fence Regulations – At Saturday’s Association meeting, the membership approved, by a wide margin, the proposed regulations, which spell out long-standing Association policies.  You will be able to find this and all other rules and regulations on our website covepointbeach.com under the Association > Documents menu.

2021 Annual Association Dues – If you have not yet paid your dues, please do so; the deadline is June 1.  Thanks to all of you who have already paid.

Board of Directors Election – There are four seats on the Board that will be vacated in August.  If you are interested in serving, please contact Larry Hultberg at VP@covepointbeach.com

Next Association Meeting – Our next meeting will be held in-person on August 28.  We are also planning a social event later that afternoon.  More details to follow in July. 

Regards,
Paul Plattner
President, CPBA, Inc.

REMINDER: DUES ARE DUE JUNE 1, 2021

Dear Cove Point Beach Property Owners:

The 2021 Association dues invoice can be found here.  Dues are to be paid by June 1 either by check or via Square via the link on our website (www.covepointbeach.com) under the Association menu option.  Please note that the dues amount has not changed from last year except for road fee, if applicable.  If you have already paid your 2021 dues, please ignore this invoice.

If you have any questions about the amount(s) to be paid, you can contact our treasurer, Julie George, at Treasurer@covepointbeach.com

Thank you,

Paul Plattner
President, CPBA, Inc.

Spring Meeting Notice and Ballot

This year’s Spring Meeting of the Cove Point Beach Association, Inc., membership will be held virtually due to ongoing Coronavirus restrictions.  Thus, we will hold a Zoom meeting on Saturday, May 22th from 10:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m.  Both the link for the Zoom meeting and a dial-in were provided in the e-mail/mail sent to Association members.

There is an important item on our agenda; voting to accept the draft regulation governing the erection or replacement of fences in Cove Point Beach.  A fact sheet and a copy of the draft regulation are linked here for your review.  If you are unable to participate in the Zoom meeting, please complete and return the ballot so it is received not later than May 20th.  Please mail your ballot early as there are on-going mail delivery delays.

Best Regards,
Paul Plattner
President

Short Term Rentals

Here’s a reminder from the Calvert County Treasurer’s Office… 

All short-term rentals, including AirBnB properties, in Cove Point Beach are subject to Calvert County Ordinance 16-03, regarding occupancy tax, and are required to file the Public Accommodations Tax Report Monthly Remittance.  Links to both of these documents are below.  Any questions should be directed to the Calvert County Treasurer’s Office, 410-535-1600, Ext. 2277 (Attention: Marguerite Holzberger).

Ordinance – https://www.calvertcountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5330 

Report – https://www.calvertcountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1196 

Paul Plattner
President, CPBA, Inc.

COVE POINT BEACH ASSOCIATION UPDATE – MARCH 17, 2021

Spring Association Meeting – The next meeting of the Association’s membership is scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 2021 starting at 10 am. Due to continued state and county restrictions, specifically social distancing, we are unable to meet in person. However, we will again hold our meetings via Zoom; details to follow.

2021 Association Dues – In late April you will receive your 2021 Dues Invoice via email.  There is no change in the dues amount…$180 for first home, $100 for each additional home and $60 for undeveloped lots.  Payment is required not later than June 1.

Speeding – We continue to have a problem with residents and others exceeding the posted speed limits on both Lighthouse Blvd and Calvert Blvd…Lighthouse Blvd is 25 MPH and Calvert Blvd. is 15 MPH.  We have been in contact with the Calvert County Sherriff’s department to seek ways to get this safety issue under control.  This past fall the county installed a new “Slow Down” signs at the entrance to the community.  So please, for everyone’s safety, SLOW DOWN.

Association Projects – As the weather starts to improve, we will be installing new signs at the entrances to the beach as time and wind have started to take its toll on them.  The new design makes the information on the signs more readable.  

New 15 MPH speed limit signs will be installed on each block of Calvert Blvd in an effort to get drivers to slow down.

This year our annual road repair will specifically address the roads on the north side of Lighthouse Blvd and all potholes within the community.  If there are any specific issues that need addressing, please email them to me.

In the May timeframe we will be scheduling our annual beach clean-up in a way that conforms to social distancing.  Watch for further details.

Regards,
Paul Plattner
President, CPBA, Inc.

COVE POINT BEACH ASSOCIATION UPDATE – OCTOBER 13, 2020

Election of Board Members – During the Association’s Fall meeting (held via Zoom on August 29), three board members were re-elected. They are: Larry Hultberg, Mark Rokala, and Tony Pompa.  At the Board meeting immediately following the Association meeting, the Board re-elected Larry Hultberg, Vice President, Mark Rokala, Corporate Secretary; and elected Julia George as Treasurer and ex-officio board member.

Approval of 2021 Budget – Also during the Association meeting, the membership approved the 2021 budget.  Again this year, we have a balanced budget and no dues increases for calendar year 2021. A copy of the approved budget was provided by e-mail to members.

Gas Smell in Cove Point – In late September, a few of our residents smelled a strong odor of gas early in the morning. Dominion Energy was contacted and there was no smell of gas at the plant at the time.  If you smell any gas or other odor you can’t identify the source of, call Dominion’s security office at 410-286-5130 to report it.

Water Front Vegetation – The cutting or planting of vegetation on the Association’s beach and adjoining property is strictly prohibited unless written authorization is first obtained from the Board president.  In some instances, further approval may be required from the County pursuant to the State of Maryland’s “Critical Area” designation regulations.

Camp Fires – Members are also reminded of the guidelines for campfires on the beach.  These guidelines are posted at each beach entrance: 

• No fires are permitted above the high tide line – which is Association-owned property;

• To avoid smoke in beachfront homes, do not burn during an onshore wind;

• Before starting a fire, dig a hole surrounded by a mound of sand;

• Do not build a fire on the surface of the sand; 

• Attend an active fire at all times;

• Never abandon an active fire;

• Put out embers with water; and

• Do not cover a burning fire with sand.

Regards,

Paul Plattner
President, CPBA, Inc.

COVE POINT BEACH ASSOCIATION UPDATE – AUGUST 21, 2020

Road Work – In the next two weeks, the road contractor will be on-site to perform our annual road maintenance.  As soon as we receive the exact dates, we will advise you as all vehicles must be parked on your property and NOT on Association-owned property (roadside right-of-ways).  This is to allow the contractor full access to the roads as well as avoiding any potential damage to vehicles.

Security – The change in hours when sheriff deputies are patrolling our community along with the new blue “Private-No Beach Access” signs have assisted in keeping trespassers to a minimum.   The deputies have already banned several trespassers from entering the community.

The Beach and Adjoining Beachfront Property – As you may know, the Cove Point Beach community has been designated a “Critical Area” by the State of Maryland.  As such, no planting or removal of plants, grasses, trees and the like is allowed on the beachfront without specific written approval from the Association.  In most cases a conservation plan is required prior to the county considering such requests to plant or remove beachfront plantings.   As the beachfront is owned and controlled by the Association, we must ensure compliance in order to avoid financial penalties.  Last year a property owner incurred almost $17,000 in fines and penalties for attempting to clear an undeveloped lot on Lighthouse Blvd without requisite county approvals and permits.   

Association Membership Meeting – A quick reminder that our Association meeting will be held on Saturday, August 29that 10 a.m.  It will be a virtual meeting. You received both the link and dial-in information via e-mail or USPS mail. If not, please contact us at info@covepointbeach.com.

Regards,
Paul Plattner
President

Fall Meeting – Cove Point Beach Association, Inc.

August 11, 2020

This year’s Fall Meeting of the Cove Point Beach Association, Inc. membership will not be held in person due to the coronavirus.  Instead, we will hold a Zoom meeting on Saturday, August 29th from 10:00 a.m. thru 10:45 a.m.  Both the link for the Zoom meeting and a dial-in were provided in the previous e-mail/mail sent to Association members.

In the event you are unable to participate, please complete and return the Absentee Ballot provided in the e-mail or USPS mail you received so we receive it not later than Friday, August 21, 2020.  In the same attachment is the proposed 2021 Annual Budget and the 2019 Audit Report.  Please note that again this year we have a balanced budget and there are no dues increase and or assessments. 

Regards,
Paul Plattner
President

COVE POINT BEACH ASSOCIATION UPDATE – JUNE 29, 2020

This summer we have many more property owners, family members, and guests here in Cove Point, along with some trespassers.  We are also encountering issues with speeding, unleashed dogs charging people, and motorized vehicles on the beach to name a few…so please read on.  

Public Safety – We need everyone’s cooperation to keep us safe, so please remind your family and friends of the following:

• The speed limit on Lighthouse Blvd. in 25 MPH and 15 MPH on all other roads.

• All dogs must be on a leash when off the property owner’s property.  This is a Calvert County ordinance.  

• No golf carts or other motorized vehicles are allowed beyond the end of the road at the entrances to the beach and certainly not on the grass areas or the beach itself.

Summertime Security – With an increased number of trespassers attempting to use our private beach, we have changed the schedule to include weekend daytime hours that our county sheriff deputies are on duty.  Several individuals have already been banned from coming into the community.

Parking – All guests and visitors must park their vehicles on their host’s property.  Only vehicles with a current 2019/2020 CPBA parking permit affixed to the vehicle window are allowed to park at the entrances to the beach.

Dues – If you have not paid your 2020 dues, please do so now.  Friendly reminders were sent out earlier this month.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Trish David at: Treasurer@covepointbeach.com

Roadwork – Our annual roadwork is being scheduled and you will be notified when the work will begin.  During this work period, all cars must be parked on the owner’s property and not on the road.

Thank You – Thanks to the folks who pick up trash along the beach and roads and those who mow the grass at the entrance to our community and other areas.  It is much appreciated!

Stay safe and enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend.

Paul Plattner
President, CPBA, Inc.

COVE POINT BEACH ASSOCIATION, INC. UPDATE – MAY 22, 2020

The Season Begins – With warm weather predicted and easing of some stay at home orders, we have seen an increased number of trespassers using our beaches.  In order to try to minimize any issues, we have additional temporary signs that will be used to let people know there is no public beach access here in Cove Point.  Therefore, we are asking you to use the beachfront access points for loading and unloading this weekend.  If you do leave your vehicle parked there, you must have a valid 2019 – 2020 Cove Point Beach Association issued parking sticker displayed on your windshield or rear window. Your guests should park at your property and not at the beachfront.  

Summertime Security – Our security patrols begin this weekend.  Off-duty Calvert County sheriff deputies will patrol in the evenings with a few additional hours on Monday.

Public Gatherings – The social distancing rules are still in place in Calvert County.  Therefore, groups of 10 people or more are not allowed to congregate on the beach (or elsewhere) and need stay 6 feet apart.  If you see any unlawful activity, you should call the County Sheriff’s non-emergency number at 410-535-2800.

Swimming/Wading at the Point – To ensure a safe season, please remind your family and friends not to swim or wade at and around the point due to dangerous rip currents.    

Road Safety – As the season begins, we have more children and adults walking and riding bikes on our roads.  So please remember the speed limit on Lighthouse Blvd. is 25 MPH and it’s 15 MPH and on Calvert Blvd. and the side roads.  Let’s all do our part to keep everyone safe this season.

2020 Annual Dues – Remember that dues are to be paid not later than June 1.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at: President@covepointbeach.com

In closing, the Board of Directors hopes everyone has a great summer and remember you might not know all of the owners and family members who are a part of our community. Let’s do our best to resolve any issues in a way that helps us remain friends and neighbors during this challenging time. 

Stay safe,

Paul Plattner
President, CPBA, Inc.